President Obama told 6-year-old presidency enthusiast Macey Hensley on Friday that the United Staptes has not “made direct contact with aliens yet” but that he will tell her if it happens.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow)
Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Obama took a couple of questions from Hensley, starting with, “Is there really a ‘book of secrets’?” — an apparent reference to the Nicolas Cage movie “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”
“That’s a secret,” Obama responded. Ellen asked the little girl what she had in mind, and Hensley admitted: “If aliens are real.” The president asked the child what she thought, and she responded, “Aliens are probably real.”
Obama quipped, “I thought that was classified,” then added: “The truth is, Macey, we haven’t actually made direct contact with aliens yet. But when we do, I’ll let you know.”
One person who might have followed the exchange with interest is John Podesta, who chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and is a well-known science-fiction buff.
Podesta, who did a brief tour as an adviser to Obama and served as chief of staff to Bill Clinton in the 1990s, has been known to tweet using the hashtag #thetruthisstillouthere — a play on the “X-Files” catchphrase.
Upon leaving the White House in 2015, Podesta tweeted that his “biggest failure of 2014” was “not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files” held by the government.
At a 2002 press conference organized by the Coalition for Freedom of Information, Podesta called on the federal government to declassify documents on UFO investigations.
“It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there,” he declared. “We ought to do it, really, because it’s right. We ought to do it, quite frankly, because the American people can handle the truth. And we ought to do it because it’s the law.”
There was no word from the Clinton campaign on whether Podesta, like many of the reporters who cover Obama, noticed that the president had only denied “direct contact.”
(Cover tile photo:Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)